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All eyes on new Bihar Congress president; announcement expected by October 16

Whereas many party leaders are said to be lobbying for the post, sources said there was a strong possibility that the AICC leadership may be authorised by the party to nominate somebody for the post.

india Updated: Oct 07, 2017 18:54 IST
Subhash Pathak
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi may take a final call on the new BPCC chief.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi may take a final call on the new BPCC chief. (HT file photo)

All eyes are set on the election of the new president of the Bihar pradesh Congress committee (BPCC) which is expected to happen by October 16, as per the party poll schedule released by the central office of the party.

While many party leaders are said to be lobbying for the post, sources said there was a strong possibility that the all India Congress committee (AICC) leadership - comprising president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, may be authorised by the party to nominate somebody for the post, as has been the party tradition.

The election of the district Congress committee presidents, who are among the voters for the BPCC chief’s election, has been deferred by the AICC election authority. As such, PCC delegates, who number around 490 and who are to be elected by October 9, may be left as the only voters in the PCC chief’s election.

Former BPCC chief Ashok Choudhary is said to be unhappy with the suspension of election of the district party presidents and alleged that his rivals in the party were doing it to deny committed leaders their due in the organisation. 

He has sought to put the blame for deferrment of the DCC chiefs election on officiationg BPCC chief Kaukab Quadri . “What does Quadri know about the election process when he was out of party activities for the last two and half years,” Choudhary asked. 

Quadri, who assumed charge last month as officiating BPCC chief, however, dismissed the claims about his bid to upset the election process. All those who did well in the membership drive would be recognised and rewarded, he said.  

Acknowledging the party’s tradition of nomination of leaders for different committees by the AICC top brass after getting authorised by the respective committees, Choudhary said he wanted the election of leaders in due course on the pattern of electoral reforms suggested by AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi. 

Former party spokesman Harkhu Jha said Congress workers would welcome any leader nominated by the AICC chief as the next BPCC president. 

A section of the state Congress leaders said that the Choudhary faction was planning to field Buxar legislator Sanjay alias Munna Tiwari or MLC Dilip Chaudhary as claimants for the BPCC chief’s post in case the election took place.

Former Union minister Akhilesh Prasad Singh, AICC media panellist Prem Chandra Mishra, MLAs Ram Dev Rai, Ashok Ram, Vijay Shankar Dubey, Kripa Shankar Pathak and former BPCC chief Anil Sharma are among those the race for the BPCC chief’s post.